Best french bread in Los Angeles?
I know were this USED to be; we used to sell it at the Big Loaf Bakery on Jefferson (we being me on school vacations, and my aunt and uncle year round). But that's all in the past.
Where can you find decent french bread today? It needs to be light and airy on the inside and with a thin but respectable crust on the outside. Where should I be buying this nowadays?
I've been on this quest myself for some time. La Brea bakery is clearly not it. The interior is way too tough and dense. I recently had a decent "Rustice Baguette" from Gelson's. It was their house brand.
Also, La Maison du Pain does a pretty good job. They also have very good ficelles. 5373 Pico Blvd.
re: Bob Brooks
How is the flavor of the Masion du Pain Bread. I have had French Bread in Los Angeles that was almost tasteless( Bristol Farms ) The best French Bread I had had this last year was at Bahn Mi Cho Chu.. go figure. I saw them bring in about 30 loafs in a big brown bag as I was leaving. Would love to know where that bakery is.
I shopped all around LA for a VERY long time.
MdP is the one and only that smells, tastes and has the texture of the real thing. Or even more: friends that live in Paris and come over to visit prefer it to whatever they buy in Paris. Not just the bread: the croissants, the pain au chocolat, their brioche, you name it.
RicRios: Just got back from Masion du Pain. 1 Plain Baguette ( many varietys to choose from) 1 Almond Crossiant and 1 Choclate Lava Cupcake Total $7.45.. Carwash to clean all the crumbs that are all over my car ( could not wait to get home ) $9.95 Total experience P R I C E L E S S . Actually a very good Patisserie. Thanks for the tip Hounds!!
To which you should also add the pistachio financiers and the fruit tarts. For all the 'Hounds who are portion-conscious, they also do mini-tarts and mini-pastries.
You can buy them by the unit and savor with a cup of espresso when you are back home. If you haven't tried yet, the tartes au sucre are great too, and we should petition Carmen and Josephine to bring back the viennoise. Yes, I've put on 20 pounds since they opened...
Babette's Bakery in Long Beach. Great baguettes, hidden in a strip mall on a shady stretch of Atlantic Blvd. I went to Poly High, just up the street, and walking to Babette's for a small baguette and some butter was the perfect after-school snack.
1404 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
I keep parroting this -- but seriously, I have driven from Anaheim for it -- the baguette at Eilat Bakery in Valley Village makes me weep, it's so good. I haven't tried the other Eilat Bakeries, don't know if they're related. The one in VV is on Burbank Blvd., just west of Whitsett, on the north side of the boulevard. Standard kosher-bakery hours (extended Thursday night, closes early Friday, opens at 9 PM on Saturday, open Sunday).
I agree anout La Brea Bakery being a disappointment, and this from someone for whom Campanile is almost a religion.
Never heard of Maison du Pain, it sounds like the title of one of those Grove Press novels my dad tried to hide from me when I was a kid.
Good bread deserves links ...
2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Breadbar Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Banh Mi Cho Cu Bakery
14520 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA 92683
1404 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
Maison Richard Restaurant
707 Stanley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
8583 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
1099 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
La Brea Bakery
624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Le Pain Quotidien
8607 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
12131 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
5877 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
La Maison Du Pain
5373 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
12522 Burbank Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91607
Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica on Lincoln and Broadway.... its amazingly fresh (usually still hot to the touch) and at $1.60 a loaf the price can't be beat. White bread... very airy inside, with a thin golden crust. Quite a bit thicker than a baguette though.
Not to mention all the delicious toppings you can buy in the store... definitely my number 1 choice.
Again, I'll take your word for it that BC's bin loaves are good (and that they're different than the sandwich bread). It's just that in Bern's OP he said they're "quite a bit thicker than a baguette" and have a "thin golden crust".
I love true French baguettes with fresh butter, but I don't like sandwiches made with them ... sandwich bread shouldn't have so much crust, imho.
have you tried Spoon House in Gardena? its a little japanese-italian pasta restaurant,and they serve this amazing french baugette with their pasta......
They sell their baugette there also. Give it a try if you are in the neighborhood.
1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
Phone: (310) 538-0376
I like the baguettes from Cafe Figaro on Vermont. Not the lightest ever, but pretty good IMHO.
Most of the places mentioned sell good bread, American/California French bread. But if you want French bread go to Pain du Jour at 28 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica , California. (310) 399-4870. They also sell croissants, pain au chocolat and a little viennoiserie. It is a real boulangerie and nothing more.
They open at 7:30 and are gone by 3. Many things are sold out by then. Their web site is www.paindujour.com/
and at Buy one get one free. $1 for both FRESH BAKED you can't beat it....
8779 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770